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Expand Article # 2215 A Smell Test
Q. Can one use cologne or liquid perfumed deodorant applied directly on the body during Shabbat, if it also contains some medical ingredients for alleviating skin conditions?

A. Poskim disagree in regard to creating aroma on the body ....


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Expand Article # 2214 The Wine Gifted
Q. (See question 2199, for Otzar Beis Din definition). Good morning Rabbi. I received as a gift a wine from Israel that says on the label: "otsar bet din exported after biur".
I would like to return the bottle to the LCBO and exchange it ....


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Expand Article # 2213 The True Joy
Q. One who is seating shiva is prohibited in learning Torah, but is allowed to learn the sad parts of the Torah and the laws of avelut. What happens when even learning those, grants one great joy? Is he allowed to learn the Halachot of mourning, wh ....


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Expand Article # 2212 A Baruch Hashem Loss?
Q. Re- question 2158. If the shuls where he lives don't say "Baruch Hashem Leolam", and therefore, if he follows the above P'sak, his family Minhag to say it will disappear because of disuse, is that a reason to say it even if his Amidah prayer wi ....


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Expand Article # 2211 Picking the Brain on Picking Away
Q. I see someone in shul organizing Siddurim, Ashkenass from Sefard is there any way thatís not assur if itís not for immediate use? Must I rebuke? Suppose I have no current rapport with this person should I try to establish a rapport first?
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Expand Article # 2210 Black and White About Black and White?
Q. We recently learned in the Daf, that a Kushi or black cohen is considered a baal mum or blemished and can't serve in the Temple, (or according to some as Shaliach Tzibur). Is that not clear racism?

A. Mishna (Bechoros 45b) teache ....


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Expand Article # 2209 Really! No Brocho on Cheesecake?
Q. What is Horav Miller's opinion on the correct brocho on cheese cake?

A. Much has been written by different Poskim in regards to what brocho or brochos should be recited on cheesecake. Mishna Berura (212: 1) rules that usually the dou ....


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Expand Article # 2208 Divide and Care
Q. This year, Shabbos is Erev Shavuos. Since we are going to eat a seuda (meal) of Yom Tov at night, many avoid eating shaleshsudos (the third meal of Shabbos) after mincha, before the shekia (sunset). It is common to divide the seuda after davening ....


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Expand Article # 2207 Que es Kernza?
Q. What brocha is made of foods made from (a new strain of) wheat grass called Kernza?

A. Kermza is defined online as a cousin of the annual wheat. Kernza is a domesticated perennial grain originating from a forage grass called ....


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Expand Article # 2206 More Early Drinks?
Q. Re Question 2062 - Is the point to eat before Chatzos, or to eat before six hours have elapsed since one has awakened?

A. On question 2062, regarding the time of the Shabbos day seuda, and if is it OK to have a drink of water befor ....


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Expand Article # 2205 A Fermenting Question
Re - question 2162 Q. The standard practice for commercially available flour is that, following mechanical cleaning of the grain, the wheat is moistened and allowed to rest while damp - this makes the bran tougher which allows it to be more completel ....


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Expand Article # 2204 Each to Their Own Taste
Q. I always wondered if one could taste any taste one desired when eating the mon, what was the correct attitude when one ate it? Since this was a kind of spiritual food and Hashem's gift, was it appropriate to have in mind the best taste possible, ....


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Expand Article # 2203 Be Careful What You Read
Q. What is the Rav's opinion regarding one who brings seforim to sell to a yeshiva, and the bachurim look at the seforim, which they may or may not have intention of buying? How long may one look at a sefer for free? Or one who goes to a seforim st ....


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Expand Article # 2202 It All Adds Up Now
Q. (Re- question 2201 above). When is Muktza more severe on Yom Tov than Shabbos? And is not Muktza only a Rabbinical prohibition, so how can you comply with Tosefes (adding to Yom Tov) which is a Biblical mitzva by accepting Rabbinical melochos?


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Expand Article # 2201 Learning Addition
Q. (Re- question 2200 above). Is this year, when Erev Yom Tov is Shabbos any different in regard to Tosefes Yom Tov on Shavuos?

A. We mentioned above that Halichos Shlomo (12: 9) and others are of the opinion that with the lighting of ....


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Expand Article # 2200 Having an Early Night?
Q. On the first night of Shavuos, we wait to daven maariv until tzeis, (night), so the days of Sefiras Haomer will be complete. What about Tosefes Yom Tov, are we not supposed to add before every Shabbos and Yom Tov some time before sunset?


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Expand Article # 2199 The Value of the Otzar
Q. I saw the question about Shemita wine from Israel with a hechsher that reads "otzar bet din exported after biur." What does that mean and who are the authorities that permit it?

A. Rambam (H. Shmitta 4: 1 - 24) rules that it is a p ....


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Expand Article # 2198 Lose Sleep Over This?
Q. Since one is not allowed to prepare from Shabbat to Yom Tov, can one sleep on this year's Shabbat Erev Shavuot afternoon more than usual, if he has the intention of being able to learn Torah during Shavuot night?

A. Mishna Berur ....


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Expand Article # 2197 Rabi Shimon and the Mon
Q. You mentioned in the name of the Chasam Sofer that the mon began to fall on Lag Baomer. What is the connection if any?

A. Sifsei Tzadik (Lag Baomer 5), questions how Rasb'i and his son were able to comply with all the mitzvos such ....


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Expand Article # 2196 In Relation to Relations
Q. Can one have marital relations this year on the Shabbat Erev Shavuot, since it is during the three days before Kabalat Hatorah? Does it also apply to the second night of Shavuot?

A. Mishna Berura (494: 4,- 240: 7) writes that follo ....


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